Matt Ulery’s Loom Record Release Shows at Green Mill, July 12-13

Posted by: jim on July 10, 2013 @ 5:14 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Events

Two nights celebrating the release of “Wake An Echo” available on Greenleaf Music. Green Mill does not do advance tickets, but click here to RSVP on Facebook so we know you’re coming.

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“Ulery recorded his terrific new album, Wake an Echo, with his long-running quintet Loom, and his attraction to composed music is changing the complexion of this hard-driving postbop combo… Ulery is already making music unlike anyone else…”
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July 12 & 13th, 2013
8:00pm—midnight
Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL [map]

Personnel: Marquis Hill (trumpet), Geof Bradfield (bass clarinet), Rob Clearfield (piano/accordion), Matt Ulery (double bass), Jon Deitemyer (drums/cymbals)


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Von Freeman: One Remembrance

Posted by: jim on August 15, 2012 @ 11:55 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Listening, Video

Michael Friedman is a long time friend of Greenleaf Music and its co-founder, along with Dave Douglas. For years, Michael has run and continues to run Premonition Records, where he recorded and produced several projects presenting the music of Von Freeman. In acknowledgement of Von’s passing we asked Michael if he had any thoughts he would like to share. We share his sadness in the loss.
—Dave Douglas

Others will no doubt express themselves in writing about the late, great tenor saxophonist Von Freeman better than I. So many wonderful jazz writers in Chicago. But I’m not sure the written word is necessary anyway. Here is seven minutes of tenor saxophone mastery that’s all you really need in order to know the man and what mattered to him.

The background story on this track is that we had just completed the recording of “The Great Divide” in New York. Putting the record together back in Chicago, I thought a solo track would be a nice addition. The two previous Von recordings on Premonition included solo tracks and they were very popular. I asked Von if he would do it and he said he would but with reservations. “I don’t want to mess with what we’ve got too much,” is what he said. By this time we were in a bit of a time crunch to deliver the recording and the studio I wanted to use was booked solid. I managed to convince them to squeeze us in for an hour but the only time they could guarantee would be 8:30 a.m. To my surprise, Von agreed and this track is the result. Turns out we didn’t even need the entire hour.

8:30 a.m., mid-2002, Chicago Recording Company, Studio 4, One Take.


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Dave Douglas at Green Mill, Chicago – Saturday, February 4th

Posted by: jim on January 31, 2012 @ 6:47 pm
Filed under: Chicago News, Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin (News), Events, Greenleaf (News)

RSVP on Facebook

  • Date: Saturday, February 4th
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • City: Dave Douglas in Chicago
  • Venue: Green Mill
  • Address: 4802 North Broadway Street
  • Country: US
  • Admission: $15

  • Date: Saturday, February 4th
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • City: Linda Oh in Chicago
  • Venue: Green Mill
  • Address: 4802 North Broadway Street
  • Country: US
  • Admission: $15


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    Dick Buckley's Record Collection

    Posted by: jim on February 15, 2011 @ 8:19 am
    Filed under: Chicago News, Culture, Events, Listening

    For those who don’t know Mr. Buckley, he was a Chicago radio DJ for the better part of last century up until July 2008. His 3-hr show would accompany the weekend afternoon for me and my old roommate. We’d sip our coffee, and he would spin some of the best jazz we’d ever heard—rarely anything we knew. We always joked that there was no one in the world who knew more about early jazz than he did—“That was from 1943 with Jimmy Bognerfeld on trombone… Hmmm… I didn’t know Jimmy played trombone. He’s a drummer!”

    There is still a pretty big void on the weekend since his final show. Still hoping that someone will start releasing them as podcasts—if they got recorded at all.

    Dick Buckley's Record Collection

    But now, via Chicago Sun Times, I find out that…

    His collection of more than 8,000 jazz LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, EPs and homemade mix tapes will be auctioned off Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake. A party with background music is open to the public at 5 tonight. (RSVP by calling 312-280-1212.) Beer and cognac, Buckley’s favorite drinks, will be served.

    The collection will be offered in 92 box lots of approximately 100 items each, grouped by style (Dixieland, Kansas City, etc.), artist (“Women of Jazz,” lots of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald), instrument (trombones, trumpet, guitar heavy on Wes Montgomery) and format.

    Reading that made my 7AM-eyes open up right quick.

    Along with the record collection, there is also, “reel-to-reels of Buckley interviews and bootleg Duke Ellington recordings that are hand-scrawled; “Jan. 20, 1946 — Civic Opera House, Program No. 33; ‘Caravan’, etc.” —thought DD might dig on that.

    For those in Chicago that are interested, the auction is at 5PM on Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake.

    Thanks to Matt Priest for hipping me to this story.


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    Dick Buckley’s Record Collection

    Posted by: admin on @ 8:19 am
    Filed under: Chicago News, Culture, Events, Listening

    For those who don’t know Mr. Buckley, he was a Chicago radio DJ for the better part of last century up until July 2008. His 3-hr show would accompany the weekend afternoon for me and my old roommate. We’d sip our coffee, and he would spin some of the best jazz we’d ever heard—rarely anything we knew. We always joked that there was no one in the world who knew more about early jazz than he did—“That was from 1943 with Jimmy Bognerfeld on trombone… Hmmm… I didn’t know Jimmy played trombone. He’s a drummer!”

    There is still a pretty big void on the weekend since his final show. Still hoping that someone will start releasing them as podcasts—if they got recorded at all.

    Dick Buckley's Record Collection

    But now, via Chicago Sun Times, I find out that…

    His collection of more than 8,000 jazz LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, EPs and homemade mix tapes will be auctioned off Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake. A party with background music is open to the public at 5 tonight. (RSVP by calling 312-280-1212.) Beer and cognac, Buckley’s favorite drinks, will be served.

    The collection will be offered in 92 box lots of approximately 100 items each, grouped by style (Dixieland, Kansas City, etc.), artist (“Women of Jazz,” lots of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald), instrument (trombones, trumpet, guitar heavy on Wes Montgomery) and format.

    Reading that made my 7AM-eyes open up right quick.

    Along with the record collection, there is also, “reel-to-reels of Buckley interviews and bootleg Duke Ellington recordings that are hand-scrawled; “Jan. 20, 1946 — Civic Opera House, Program No. 33; ‘Caravan’, etc.” —thought DD might dig on that.

    For those in Chicago that are interested, the auction is at 5PM on Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake.

    Thanks to Matt Priest for hipping me to this story.


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    Rocking the Route

    Posted by: jim on October 29, 2010 @ 10:50 am
    Filed under: Chicago News, Events, Humor

    Just so that everyone knows, I’m going to be out of the office next week heading out on the road with my band. There are 5 gigs over 7 days, all at stops on Route 66 — Chicago (tonight), St. Louis, Tulsa, Albuquerque, and finally LA. Info here. If you are in any of these place, come out and say hi. It’s not a jazz thing, but it is good-ole-rocknroll.

    The tour is sponsored by Red Bull. They are filming each night for spots on the web and potentially a couple TV episodes. The idea is that they get us and another Chicago band on the road, they put us in surprise competitions at each stop vying for a ride on the Red Bull tour bus the following day (if we lose we ride in a sh#!tty van, not too dissimilar from the one we usually tour in), and finally some free studio time in LA if we win the whole thing. Celebrity guest judges, too. They are keeping us in the dark about pretty much everything to add suspense.

    Hilarious, huh?

    Anyway, I’ll be updating as much as I can from the road. Greenleaf orders will be shipped out next week on Tuesday and again on Friday–unlike our usual 1-24hr turn-around time–just so you know.

    Preparing to get my kicks…

    jt


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    Nicole gets her flutes

    Posted by: jim on October 19, 2010 @ 8:00 am
    Filed under: Chicago News, Indigo Trio (Updates), Nicole Mitchell (Updates)

    In a note written on her Facebook page, Nicole goes through a great story of how the situation of her stolen flutes has been resolved. In brief…

    On Thursday afternoon, the day before my tour began, a box arrived to my house from Powell Flutes with a new silver flute inside. Powell has agreed on an ENDORSEMENT and offered a nice discount for a piccolo and flute. Mike Reed (I must call him “HERO”) paid the remaining balance on the instruments. Just hours before I had to left for my concerts in Prague, Brest, Barcelona and Madrid, I now have this beautiful instrument to play on.

    But you should read the whole thing. If you aren’t friends on Facebook, you can check it over at the Margasak’s Post No Bills.


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    Mike Reed's People, Places and Things

    Posted by: jim on October 18, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
    Filed under: Chicago News, Listening

    There’s a nice read over at Washington City Paper with Mike Reed, the great Chicago drummer. I’ve seen him several times but haven’t caught his band People Places and Things — check out Reed’s blog for a few pieces on the project. Sounds really great from what I’ve been listening to just these past few minutes.

    But back to the WashCity Paper interview…

    Washington City Paper: People, Places and Things was formed specifically to explore the music of Chicago in the mid-to-late ’50s. What is important about that era?

    MR: It’s the missing piece of the puzzle. People think about Chicago jazz in terms of the AACM and the Chicago Underground of the ’90s, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the Austin High Gang, or maybe Louis Armstrong when he first came here from New Orleans. This is the link between them.

    There was so much going on in Chicago at that time, from folks like Sun Ra, Frank Strozier, Booker Little, and the jam-session culture that existed there at the time. I heard a whole hourlong interview not long ago with Sonny Rollins, about when he was in Chicago and living at the Y, and one of his memories was that there were just so many more places to work, even more than in New York. And that kind of fell apart because of that myopic view that New York is the place to be, and when great Chicago musicians like Clifford Jordan and Wilbur Ware decided they had to move to New York, it killed that culture not just in Chicago but in Detroit and Philadelphia.

    Also thanks for the Dave Dougals shout out, Mike. Check out the whole interview here.


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    Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things

    Posted by: admin on @ 2:40 pm
    Filed under: Chicago News, Listening

    There’s a nice read over at Washington City Paper with Mike Reed, the great Chicago drummer. I’ve seen him several times but haven’t caught his band People Places and Things — check out Reed’s blog for a few pieces on the project. Sounds really great from what I’ve been listening to just these past few minutes.

    But back to the WashCity Paper interview…

    Washington City Paper: People, Places and Things was formed specifically to explore the music of Chicago in the mid-to-late ’50s. What is important about that era?

    MR: It’s the missing piece of the puzzle. People think about Chicago jazz in terms of the AACM and the Chicago Underground of the ’90s, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the Austin High Gang, or maybe Louis Armstrong when he first came here from New Orleans. This is the link between them.

    There was so much going on in Chicago at that time, from folks like Sun Ra, Frank Strozier, Booker Little, and the jam-session culture that existed there at the time. I heard a whole hourlong interview not long ago with Sonny Rollins, about when he was in Chicago and living at the Y, and one of his memories was that there were just so many more places to work, even more than in New York. And that kind of fell apart because of that myopic view that New York is the place to be, and when great Chicago musicians like Clifford Jordan and Wilbur Ware decided they had to move to New York, it killed that culture not just in Chicago but in Detroit and Philadelphia.

    Also thanks for the Dave Dougals shout out, Mike. Check out the whole interview here.


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    Chi-town Jazz Festival 2010

    Posted by: jim on September 3, 2010 @ 8:09 am
    Filed under: Chicago News, Events, Nicole Mitchell (Updates)

    For those in, around, or coming through our fine city of Chicago this weekend for Jazzfest, check out the Chicago Reader’s festival guide (and the perfect weather forecast). Some great artists and groups passing through this year. But be particularly excited about Nicole Mitchell…

    via ChicagoReader: This year’s artist in residence is Chicago flutist, composer, and bandleader Nicole Mitchell, current president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. She performs four times: on Thursday she’ll duet with mercurial pianist Anthony Davis, on Saturday she’ll lead her bold new quartet, Sonic Projections, and on Friday and Sunday she’ll premiere new large-scale compositions with her Black Earth Orchestra and Black Earth Ensemble, respectively.

    Full list of performers and times here.

    Gonna be fun for the ears.


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